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General Motors is the only automaker offering a light-duty pickup with a turbo diesel engine along with four-wheel drive. The 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 has three trim levels that offer both of them either as standard or as an available upgrade. Which trucks in its lineup of GMC Sierra trims are offering them and what does each model have to offer?

  • With a Crew Cab and Short Bed, the AT4, AT4X, and Denali Ultimate 2024 GMC Sierra trims offer the 3.0L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine as the cheapest powertrain option.
  • 2024 Sierra AT4, AT4X, and Denali Ultimate trucks come only with 4WD and cannot be configured with 2WD.
  • Duramax diesel engine available on 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 trims from the SLE model and up for trucks with the double cab or crew cab configuration.

1. 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

The GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 model is one of the pickup’s off-roading versions. Powering it up is its standard  3.0-liter turbo diesel Inline-six engine, which produces 305 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic with electronic precision shift is paired with it, enabling the truck to get 24 mpg on city roads and 29 mpg on the highway. A four-wheel drivetrain is also standard. 

It also has an available 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine, generating 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. With the same 10-speed transmission, this engine can get 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg when traveling on the highway. 

Other features of this model include 18-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, adjustable traction control, an HD surround vision system, push-button start, ventilated front driver and passenger seats, and hill descent control. To get this model with the diesel option, you will pay about $68,095 to start.

2. 2024 GMC Sierra AT4X

The 2024 GMC Sierra AT4X is the truck’s more serious off-roading model. With the same engine, transmission, and fuel economy ratings, this truck offers more rugged amenities to handle some of the most challenging terrains. It also comes with a four-wheel drivetrain as standard equipment.

Some of those items include adaptive dampers designed specifically for off-roading, electronic front and rear locking differentials, tailgate-mounted speakers, a bed-view camera system, a head-up display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control.

To get this model, you can expect to pay around $81,195 to start with the standard 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine and four-wheel drive. 

3. 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate


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The GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate is one of two luxurious pickup models in the lineup. The ultimate version comes with just about anything you can imagine in a fully loaded truck. You can expect it to have many of the features some of the lower trim models come with. But it offers a few more items exclusive to its trim level. 

Those include a two-speed transfer case, a GMC Multipro tailgate, hitch guidance, and an adaptive suspension system. Also, it includes 22-inch wheels, a carbon-fiber composite bed, a sunroof, heated second-row seats, memory settings for the driver seat, and a center console in the front of the pickup truck.

As for safety and driver assistance aids, you can expect front pedestrian braking, and a Buckle to Drive system. Plus, you’ll get lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, forward collision alert, and following distance indicator. The Denali Ultimate version comes with a price tag of $83,190 with the 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine, according to GMC.  If you add the V8 engine option, then the model is about $1,000 more.

Pickup truck models loaded with features

To get the fuel-efficient 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine paired with four-wheel drive, you can choose between the AT4, the AT4X, or the Denali Ultimate models. Each one of these diesel trucks comes with a hefty price. But with all the equipment offered on these versions, it might be worth it. Is it worth it to get the diesel/4WD combo? As standard or as an available feature, the diesel engine is a fan favorite in these trucks. And with the automaker making it a standard feature, it’s likely plenty of buyers think this option is worth it.